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Overview of Services

SET's primary function is as a counseling service to its members -- students who have been identified as having advanced reasoning abilities and may not yet be ready to enter our nation's most selective colleges and universities, but who also may not be well served by the typical middle or high school curriculum. We also seek opportunities for SET members to meet intellectual peers who share their interests and abilities.

Our services focus mainly on SET members who have not yet graduated from high school, as we help them find resources and opportunities to be optimally challenged, As SET members enter college, graduate school, and the work force, SET continues to be a resource for them; and they in turn become resources for younger SET members. SET Alumni on the Web links to pages by or about SET members now in college or beyond.

Precollege SET members receive the following benefits:

  • Access to individualualized educational counseling aimed at helping SET members find challenges through supplemental educational activities and flexible curricular programming.

  • Publications for SET members that include Imagine magazine and the SET Precollege Newsletter, which provides news and updates about SET members and contributes to building a community by having students learn about others in the group. 

  • Opportunities to connect with other SET members by organizing and/or attending informal local gatherings of SET families in members’ homes, where they can meet and interact with other SET members who live in their area, possibly leading to friendships among the students or advocacy efforts among the adults.

  • Supplemental letters of recommendation when applying to colleges and competitive-admissions high schools and prep schools.